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By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

A not very good adult movie about adult issues.

Movie R 2001 112 minutes
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The oddness of the characters and the silliness of some of the karaoke performances will appeal to some teens, but in general this is an adult movie about adult issues. Although Duets was promoted as a Paltrow vehicle, the Oscar winner has one of the movie's smaller (and least-developed) parts. As a slightly wacky young woman determined to get to know her father, Liv probably looked better on paper than she plays in the finished movie, which was directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow. The conflict between Liv and Ricky is resolved too neatly and unbelievably.

Likewise, the relationship between Billy and Suzi, who turns out to be not as confident as she acts, is thinly written. The best story is Todd's; Giamatti provides Duets' best and funniest moments. Braugher is also very good as Reggie, though his death is an unnecessarily melodramatic conclusion to this mostly lightweight movie.

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